Dorkatron Drops New Video For “Lunch Money” And It’s….

Lunch Money – official music video from “The Extra Mile EP” (MZ #71) on Monster Zero Records. Video produced by Jürgen Oberhauser

Read the CPRA Review here, https://coloradopunkrockarmy.com/2018/10/10/dorkatron-the-extra-mile-ep/

Check out the video here: https://youtu.be/qhtPtLlGmWI
Dorkatron on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dorkatron.school/Get Dorkatron’s ‘The Extra Mile’ EP here: 
https://monsterzerorecords.com/products/dorkatron-the-extra-mile-12-ep

Dorkatron – The Extra Mile on Bandcamp:https://monsterzerorecords.bandcamp.com/album/the-extra-mile
Tommy’s Hot Stuff: http://www.tommyshotstuff.com/

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The Hangup’s Return To The Airwaves With New EP, “No Expectations”

 

Release Date: February 21, 2019

Format: Digital, Physical and Vinyl

Label: Monster Zero

Location: Malmö, Sweden

Current Lineup: (Per Facebook)

  • Ale Hangup – Guitar & Vocals
  • Hugo – Bass & Backing vocals
  • Poffe – Drums
  • Ludvig – Guitar & Backing vocals

Favorite Tracks: Stupid World, Out Of Order, Done With You, and Bigger Brain

Sounds Like: The Queers, Screeching Weasel, and old school Greenday


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Sweden’s The Hangups have released their second EP called, “No Expectations” on Monster Zero Records. We reviewed their first EP here, https://coloradopunkrockarmy.com/2018/10/05/the-hangups-s-t/. I’m still rocking this record 6 months later. Today we get a brand new one!

I’m lucky I grew up during the time when Look Out Records was releasing some of the best punk bands from the 90s. “No Expectations” continues this tradition. One aspect I tend to dislike are outright depressing bands. I mean no disrespect, and we all need those bands at certain times in our lives. For a music reviewer 10 straight tracks of sadness, is seriously very depressing.

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This is why I adore the Hangups. All of their songs put a Joker like smile on my face.

So let’s check out, “No Expectations”. I have to admit I do have high expectations since I loved their last release. “Stupid World” is the first track up and it will get that dopamine moving. The drums are excellent. I’m feeling the throwback effect already. The lead singer’s voice sounds almost exactly like Joe Queer.

“Out of Order” is the second track up. The track is super fast. Grab your best friend and head for the pit. The drums and riffs are the stars of the track. “Done With You” comes up next. This is pure and 100% break up punk. Everyone and anyone can relate to this song. Where was this song when I really needed it? Damn.

“Bigger Brain” is next and this ends this kick ass EP. This would be my second favorite track. The lyrics are addicting with a thumping bass line. Overall The Hangups record, “No Expectations”, should quickly join your collection. This a 4 track record that gives you that youthful, no fecks given feeling. It’s something we all need in order to remain positive in a world full of shite. Grab your board and pick this one up on vinyl today.

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Track List Per Bandcamp

1.Stupid World

2.Out Of Order

3.Done With you

4.Bigger Brain

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Jagger Holly – “Last Of The International Playboys”

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Release date: 11/16/2018

Format: Digital and physical

Label:

Location:

  • Innsbruck, Austria. The band includes members from The Spastic Hearts (USA) DeeCracks (Austria) and On My Arms (Italy)

Current Lineup:

  • Jagger Holly- Vocals/Bass
  • Darby McCartney- Guitar/Vocals
  • Izzy Adler- Drums

Favorite Tracks: It Ain’t Over, Let’s Hang Out At The Beach, One More Day and Bree Olson

Sounds Like: Stray The Course, The Queers, Came And Took It, Neon Bone, Lost Love, Latte+, Lawrence Arms, Flatliners, Nerdlinger, and Fourbanger


 

Tomorrow is Election Day in the United States. Myself and many other Americans are downright pissed off at the current state of things. I would guess to say the whole world is pissed off at our President as well. These are trying times for punks. So be sure get out and vote! The nice thing about punk in general is we can have so many different types of playlist at our disposal.

I imagine punks in the US are playing the shit out of Bad Religion and the Dead Kennedys. I know I am. It’s my angry political go to music. After you vote it’s time to calm down and get back to that “Happy State”. That’s where the new LP from Jagger Holly, “Last Of The International Playboys” comes in. The album drops on November 16, 2018 via, Monster Zero, Your Mom’s Basement Records, and Outlaw Records.

This album kicks serious ass without making you feel like you wanting to break something. I tend to move towards a bit of pop punk and ska when needing a pick me up. So let’s get some quick background information on Jagger Holly. Per Jagger Holly, “Jagger Holly started in early 2015 in the USA. I have a USA line up with Stiv on guitar and Mr. Casey on Drums. We toured and recorded our first record “DJ Free Europe” in Youngstown, Ohio were we are from.  I moved to Europe in late 2015 where I now live full time.

After many months went by the Euro line up was born of Matt on guitar (DeeCracks from Austria) and Marco on Drums (On My Arms from Italy). This line up covers tours in Europe, Japan and South America. And then when I’m in the USA the guys there are ready to go! “The Last Of The International Playboys” was recorded in Innsbruck Austria by Magi at the Weirdo Garage with the Euro lineup”. Damn that’s some pretty cool info! The fact that a band could switch continents for shows in a matter of hours is awesome!

So let’s check out, “Last Of The International Playboys”. This is a follow up record to, DJ Free Europe. Be sure to check out that one as well. Personally I added both to my collection after just a brief listen. The first track up is, ‘Party Tonight’. This is a great introduction for the album and my expectations. It’s a toe tapper, and very Ramones like.  Next up is, ‘It Ain’t Over’, this one is super catchy and you will be seeing along soon. I can see this song hitting the major airwaves.

Track three is ‘One More Day’, this one is a bit more on the serious side. It’s still catchy as shit with a somewhat surf punk sound. I really dig the lyrics, “When there’s no drug I won’t do, to get my mind off you, I’d give it all away for one more day with you.” When a relationship is ending we often lie to ourselves to cover up the pain. It’s a coping mechanism and it sure as shit helped through a few. Next up on the track list is ‘I know I know’. This song has some great drums, bass, and vocals. It’s almost like a weird mashup between the Go Go’s and The Heartbreakers.

Next up is, ‘Let’s Hang Out At The Beach’. I love this song! Be sure to check out the video below. I love the drums on this track. This is that “Happy State” I referred to earlier. This album is shaping up to be amazing so far.

‘Tell Me Girl’, this track has some great progressions. It seems very Ramones inspired. There’s also a great little kick ass guitar solo. ‘Summers Gone’ is the next track up. There’s some great harmonies on this one. You know that feeling when summer is over. Everything is dark and just seems to suck!

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‘Oh Yeah’, this track is a bit darker and a little on the heavier side. Man I feel for the writer on this track. Talk about being thrown into the “Friendzone Jail”. This track is for anyone ready to breakout. “Bree Olson” is about pornographic actress Bree Olson. This one is hilarious.

‘Paper Eyes’, is next up. This one really sounds like the Queers. This one is strong on vocals and the lyrics make it shine. You know the feeling when someone has fallen out of love with you. Their eyes just seem to give away their feelings. ‘All I Want’, now here’s another super catchy song. The lyrics again are so relatable to anyone listening.  ‘I’ll Wait For You’, is the last song on the record. This one is soft, and somewhat sad. It’s great ending to a kick ass album.

Overall, Jagger Holly’s, “Last Of The International Playboys” is the album you need when you need blast of happiness to your life. Or need something you can personally relate to. They may not have reinvented the pop punk wheel, but they have masterfully perfected it. This one is just another kickass collection to the Monster Zero family. You can preorder it here, Europe link, and US.

Tracks:

  1. PARTY TONIGHT
  2. IT AIN’T OVER (TILL I’M SOBER)
  3. ONE MORE DAY
  4. I KNOW I KNOW
  5. LET’S GO HANGOUT AT THE BEACH
  6. TELL ME GIRL
  7. SUMMER’S GONE
  8. OH YEAH
  9. BREE OLSON
  10. PAPER EYES
  11. ALL I WANT
  12. I’LL WAIT FOR YOU

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Saturday Night Karaoke – “Professional Goofballs”

Release date: 8/19/2018

Format: Digital and physical

Label:

Location:

  • Jatinangor – Bandung, Indonesia

Current Lineup:

  • Athif Aiman : Drums & vocals
  • Andresa Nugraha : Bass & vocals
  • Prabu Pramayougha : Guitar & vocals

Favorite Tracks:

  • Buzzer Rejector
  • Lamar
  • Never Learn
  • Bartemu

Sounds Like:

Descendents, The Ramones, The Queers, Green Day and Screeching Weasel


 

 

Small Label October continues on with Indonesian punks, Saturday Night Karaoke aka SNK. Their new album, “Professional Goofballs” is out now on Monster Zero Records. It has to be tough in Indonesia being a punk. Here in the states we may get funny looks, or people may talk shit to us. We don’t conform to Uncle Sam’s fake American Pie life. Yet we retain the freedom to dress how we like, listen to our own music, and generally enjoy freedom of movement. Sure its not perfect, but we are not being forced into many things.

 

Indonesia is ruled by Sharia law and many punks have been arrested simply for being punks. I’m proud to review SNK’s new album and provide them with a safe place to visit! This album’s mix of poppy and catchy punk tunes sounds like it rolled right out of southern California. This album is just plain fun. My personal favorite tracks on the album are, “Buzzer Rejector”, “Lamar, “Never Learn”, “T.S.B.”, “Do The Gawking Geek, and Bertemu”.

 

The mix of punk and nerdcore add to the fun atmosphere the album sets. ‘Do The Gawking Geek” is absolutely hilarious. Yet the track “Bartemu” with its mix of surf, pop and punk, shows us that SNK is extremely talented. Overall I think any pop punk fan will love this album. Be sure to check them out here, https://monsterzerorecords.bandcamp.com/album/professional-goofballs!

 

Tracks: (Per Badcamp)

  1. Venus The Internship Clown
  2. Buzzer Rejector
  3. Lamar
  4. Never Learn
  5. Nostalgic Feeling
  6. Vaporwave
  7. Midnight Madness
  8. T.S.B.
  9. Come Home, Buddy!
  10. Do The Gawking Geek
  11. Weekend Bed Club
  12. Bertemu

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Sugus – 1995

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Release Date: 09/22/2018

Format:

  • Digital

Label:

  • Monster Zero (NL)
  • Rufus Recordings (SP)

Location:

  • Madrid, Spain

Current Lineup: 

  • Drums & vocals: Begutus
  • Guitar & vocals: Head Power
  • Bass: Blote
  • Guitar & vocals: Pepe Useless

Favorite Tracks: 1995, A Weasel In My Pants, By My Side, Hocquet,

Sounds Like: Ramones, NOFX, Queers, Lagwagon and the Mr T Experience


 

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Yesterday I coined the term for this month’s theme as, “Small Label October”. We’ve been writing a ton of reviews on small label bands and feel they deserve way more recognition. We’ve checked out A Jam Records, Lockjaw, 1,000 Islands Record, and today’s lucky contestant is Monster Zero Records.

In case you’re not aware, Monster Zero has slew of kick ass bands and distribution releases like, DORKATRON, The Queers – Punk Rock Confidential Revisited, Lameshot – Try Again, Lucy And The Rats, Neon Bone, The Hangups, and Rene SG. You can see all of our reviews on the bands above at https://www.coloradopunkrockarmy.com/album-reviews .

So let’s check out, Sugus, and they’re long awaited release, “1995”. The Spanish punks hailing from Madrid are celebrating more than 20 years of playing together. This album is packed with fast riff, catchy tunes, and good times. They remind me of a massive combination of 80’s and 90’s style punk bands like, the Ramones, the Queers, and Lagwagon. Although they may sound similar they still throw in their awesome unique sound.

Some of my personal favorites on the are A Weasel In My Pants, and By My Side. Be sure to check them out here!

For Spanish Speakers:

Ayer acuñé el término para el tema de este mes como “Small Label October”. Hemos estado escribiendo un montón de reseñas en bandas de pequeños sellos y sentimos que merecen mucho más reconocimiento. Hemos revisado A Jam Records, Lockjaw, 1,000 Islands Records y el afortunado concursante de hoy es Monster Zero Records.

En caso de que no lo sepas, Monster Zero tiene un montón de bandas de kick ass y distribuciones como DORKATRON, The Queers – Punk Rock Confidential Revisited, Lameshot – Try Again, Lucy And The Rats, Neon Bone, The Hangups, y Rene SG . Puedes ver todos nuestros comentarios en las bandas de arriba en https://www.coloradopunkrockarmy.com.

Así que echemos un vistazo, Sugus, y se espera su lanzamiento, “1995”. Los punks españoles provenientes de Madrid están celebrando más de 20 años jugando juntos. Este álbum está lleno de riffs rápidos, melodías pegadizas y buenos tiempos. Me recuerdan a una combinación masiva de grupos de punk estilo de los 80 y 90 como los Ramones, los Queers y Lagwagon. Aunque pueden sonar similares aún lanzan su increíble sonido único.

Algunos de mis favoritos personales son A Weasel In My Pants y By My Side. ¡Asegúrate de revisarlos aquí!

Tracks:

  1. 1995
  2. Actitud (ESP)
  3. Hocquet
  4. Sí fuisteis vosotros (ESP)
  5. By my side
  6. A weasel in my pants
  7. Fire
  8. Sorry we’re punks
  9. Crack
  10. Humanity
  11. Marathon man
  12. Madrid (ESP)
  13. Bringin’ you back
  14. Alambrada (ESP)

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Lucy And The Rats (S/T)

Release date: May 25, 2018

Format : Digital and vinyl

Label: Monster Zero, Co Released with StarDumb Records and Surfin’ Ki Records

Current Lineup:

  • Lucy Ellis: Vocals & Bass
  • Mike Cannibal: Guitar
  • J Tolosa: Guitar
  • M Santons: Drums

Our Favorite Track(s) : Pills, Girl and Can’t Surf

Sounds Like : B-52’s,  Dick Dale and the Del-Tones, Go -Go’s, Surfaris


 

Being from Colorado I sometimes forget what it’s like to walk along the beach. The smell of the water and sand in between your toes. In truth I haven’t been to the beach since 2009, when I visited Laguna Beach on holiday. I have always admired the sounds of southern California, “Surf Music” as some people call it. Musical legends like the Beach Boys, Dick Dale, Surfaris, and the Ventures created a genre, still alive and kicking today. It created cheesy movies like “Beach Party” and “Gidget”. It lost its mass popularity to the British Invasion.

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The indie surfer music scene has become very strong over the last 10 years. Bands like Bleached, Bombón, The Frights, and King Shelter have helped pushed surf music back into the limelight. Although one could say many rockabilly bands often mix in surf as well. This leads me into Lucy and The Rats. This band deserves your weekly download!

Lucy and The Rat’s recently snuck into CPRA, with their new self titled album. They ate all our cheese and are currently surfing in our dishwasher. Let’s get some background on these fashionable rats. Lucy Spazzy formerly of Australia’s The Spazzy’s, moved to England a few years back. There she met some new band mates and formed Lucy And The Rats. I’m now proud to say a huge Spazzy fan as well.

 

Lucy’s new band, Lucy and The Rats have taken a full 180 degree turn from the Spazzy’s brand and sound. Their experimental sound of grunge, punk and surf blend well in this amazing album. She took her Australian born surf music to the UK. I really enjoyed the song, “Pills”. The song led me into somewhat of relaxed daydream daze. It would pair well with a nice indica if you know what I mean. The vocals are haunting and rich.

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I also enjoyed, “Girl”. The song is currently extremely popular in Spain. I can definitely see some Rockabilly guys gals enjoying this song. I really enjoyed the guitar riff and smooth melody. It reminded me of Duane Eddy & the Rebelettes. My favorite track is by far,  “Can’t Surf”. With an upbeat tempo, great drums, and sweet guitar solo. This song will have you, as the Mama’s and Papa’s coined it “California Dreamin”.

 

Lucy and the Rat’s are tapping into a new genre for the former Spazzy. Overall this album is amazing and a blast to sit back and listen to. The melodies sound pure and heartfelt. The album masterfully pieces 1960’s surf with today’s indie sound. So take our advice and hit that download link below! Also be sure to checkout Monster Zero Records. Monster Zero is signing some pretty fucking awesome bands!

 

Rene SG – Fucko

Rene SG – Fucko

Release date: 02/14/2018

FormatDigital

Vinyl Single

LabelMonster Zero Records , Austria.

  • Current Lineup –
    Rene: Vocals + Gibson SG
    RJ SG: Drums
    Dennis: Bass

Sounds Like :

  • Black Flag
  • -The Exploited
  • -Ramones
  • -Motorhead

Our Review : Rene SG recently released their Fucko EP on Monster Zero Records. Hailing from Amsterdam this is the band’s 6th record release per their wikipedia page. From a glance at their Wikipedia page the band describes themselves as, “Speedpunk”. Speedpunk basically means that every song it quick and right to the point. At that is exactly what you get with Fucko. This album blends mayhem and speed. With songs like, “I just don’t give a fuck” and “Till Hell freezes over” combined might be near the 2 minute mark. In fact their album is actually only about 10 minutes long, thus labeling it as an EP.

 

The anger and animosity on the record fills a needed void from todays generic punk. These speed punks remind me of early 90’s trash skate bands. Some dude running around spray painting his band symbol everywhere he can without getting caught. Do yourself a favor a pick up Rene SG, “Fucko” here! You can follow them here on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/renesghellyeah/ .